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  1. Not that I recall. If the decal is truly gone (it should be beneath the lacquer), then it's gone for good. There is no restoring it.
  2. The unfortunate fate of Ren's masterpiece guitars is the high likelyhood of their ending up as showcase hangers mummified for posterity, even though they have been built to not only look the craftsmanship part but to sound fantastic as well, with Ren pouring all his guitar-construction soul into them.
  3. Spoilers: Mr. Orville Gibson is long gone, mate. Don't expect a reply from beyond the world of the living.
  4. Talking of a modern, healthy, fully working, and well-maintained guitar that is constructed well enough I would say there is no harm staying in an alternate tuning even if it involves increasing the string tension to get to that tuning as, for instance, with Open E (E B E G# B E). You may have to re-adjust the truss rod accordingly to straighten out the neck. As for vintage guitars, that is a different matter entirely, as they are mostly not as healthy or well constructed as their modern counterparts.
  5. I often play in Open E. As long as the guitar is built well enough, I see no issue.
  6. Never heard of 'em, but then again most, if not all, strings these days are of decent quality.
  7. An acoustic that plays as well as an electric would be a high-end Ovation Legend. They don't come cheap, either, so that your budget will never fit the bill. In general the entry fee into the world of good acoustics is way higher than that of electric guitars. In the end you always get what you pay for, I guess.
  8. Technically, the Burstbucker 3 is brighter, even if only by a small margin. The (4-conductor) Super 57 outputs at 8.3k and the (2-conductor) Burstbucker 3 at 8.4k.
  9. I might aid your curiosity with a more complete photo of a similar snapshot: The photo was presumably taken in hospital during his convalescence from tuberculosis, ca. 1969. The guitar is a 12-string J-45 knockoff.
  10. I cannot help your unsanctioned, unholy cause to which I am not sympathetic for obvious reasons. The proper way to take is your inquiring with the Gibson Custom Shop in regards to the information you are seeking; to my knowledge, the team there still have this very rare model of a J-180 in limited production for a Germany-based retailer. Perhaps you might even be able to order a J-180 Everly there and actually help aid in not putting the team out of work. I reserve my harsher words for a potential retort for the idiotic or deaf.
  11. The man is over 70 now. He has used plenty of guitars of different brands throughout his career in studio and on stage, though mostly his mainstay Gibson acoustic the SJ-200. I'll refer you to the FAQ over on my site for a deeper dive-in.
  12. She may not be historically correct but I would still play her in a heartbeat. As a customer I expect any Southern Jumbo to feature a bound fretboard even if it's not historically accurate, either, for a 1942 model.
  13. What's that little project of yours you were talking about?
  14. Yes, I have heard the same argument of making the sides shallower for quicker projection mentioned in the Gibson's Fabulous Flat-Top Guitars book. But I find it hard to believe also because it makes little sense to me even if the parties involved really did theory-craft so at the time. We are talking a mere 1/2" shallower sides compared to the J-185 model (4,375" or 11.1125cm depth down from 4.875" or 12.3825cm). It is more likely that the Everly brothers needed a body shape and depth that would not interfere with their on-stage performances which required them to sing into one mic while standing closely together on stage without bumping into another's guitars. The shallower body depth (as opposed to the J-185) certainly helped achieve that. It also would not hurt that the J-180, same for its older brother, turned out to be an excellent percussive strummer.
  15. There is another point to watch out for when removing the pickguard of your Gibson acoustic. A few models (e.g., J-180) have no lacquer whatsoever underneath the pickguard. Gibson does this sometimes and especially with darker finishes so as to intensify the color of the pickguard with the bright unfinished sitka underneath contrasting that aspect of the guitar with the dark finish.
  16. On polyfinished guitars you can safely do it yourself using just a hairdryer. On guitars with soft finishes like your J-45 I would not dare attempt it myself. It is an experiment ripe for disaster. Hairdryer and chemicals can be quite hazardous. Professionals usually use a pallete knife for this. It is especially tricky to read the top grain underneath correctly when doing so, to prevent pulling up spruce. This is best left to the professionals with the right experience, equipment, and patience on hand to do the job right.
  17. I would only consider removing the pickguard if the guitar was new, otherwise the resulting wake leaves a noticably lighter spot on the top.
  18. Your guitar may be in for a neck reset or just a proper professional setup. Fact of the matter is, nobody here really knows or can tell just by looking at those few select photographs and by taking into account the little information you have given. I fear you need to get her to a competent luthier for a proper inspection.
  19. A new guitar tab with a classical touch inside: Here Comes My Wife (1968) After his contracting, and subsequent convalescing from, tuberculosis Steve apparently did one more recording session with Mike Hurst in 1968. The arrangement is the usual bombastic big band sound Hurst prescribed Steve during his entire time with the Dekka label. Steve was heavily influenced by classical music and musicals (e.g., the fanfare intro he wrote for this is inspired by Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”), so the arrangement is not entirely unfitting, although one has to wonder how a tamer instrumentalization might have impacted the more petite lyrics. Much less so than in his later works, the lyrics here already contain so-called universal mini-truths (“It just makes him better to be there.”) that would prove to be invaluable for pop songs such as this to better stand the test of time.
  20. Really nice find! I could listen to Ren dissecting Gibson guitars, especially of the J-185 shape, all day.
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